Great starter or gatway mescal. Complex but not overwhelming.
Notes: This mezcal is produced in Oaxaca, the traditional area for mezcal. Made in traditional manner
This is a slightly aged version/expression of this particular mezcal line – all of which are bottling’s of 100% agave.They also import numerous other mezcals that we have reviewed (see our reviews of the Mijes Joven, Mijes Reposado, Scorpion Silver, Scorpion Reposado, Scorpion Anejo One Star, Scorpion Anejo Three Star, Scorpion Anejo Five Star,and their super premium Scorpion Anejo Seven Star, plus Tehuana Silver, Tehuana Anejo, Don Juan Escobar Resposado, Mistico Silver and Mistico Reposado.
Appearance: Very pale yellow like a gun oil, molten glass in the bottle – It is a beautiful thing. On swirling, it leaves a very light coating on the glass which then goes rapidlyfrom a edge line to legs then droplets.
First Impression: Lovely mellow mesquite smoke is tempered by wood notes, although a deep inhalation yields a terpene type smell – smokey, phenolic, laced with citrus.
Taste: Smoky, phenolic, seaweed mixed with lime salt and savory. Paradoxical sweet for a few seconds then full on herbds and salt with lots of bbq like smoke. Laphroig scotch with mesquite thrown in. Intensely herbal, earthy and salty- herbal woody notes at first, then intense mineral salts with citrus at the end.
Drinks: Despite our best efforts I found only one mezcal cocktail (in Gary and Mardee Regans New Classic Cocktails) Check out our mezcal recipe section for some of our ideas.
Cigars: A good spicy natural wrapper for this one.
Bottle: Simple clear glass bottle. Label and bottle give it a somewhat antique or low tech feel to it, but shows the mezcal in it to good effect. Otherwise nice presentation. Small wizened larvae is easy to ignore, unlike those fat juicy ones in some brands. Just good Mezcal.
Final Thoughts: This one will put hair on your chest! A downside is it is not as striking in the flavors more subtle yes, but does not have the full on smokiness (which depending on your taste is a plus or minus). Good bit cheaper than some other high quality mezcals. Complex, medium smoke, intensely hebaceaus and salty too. A good choice as a gateway or starter mezcal as it is complex but not overwhelming. Price is cheap for good mezcal and encourages cocktail experimentation without breaking the bank.
Fast loading with a display of all the Mezcals they import (more than twelve!). Basic information and pictures of each one, with reviews and ratings by different people and organizations. Rather basic, but functional. They spent the money on what is inside the bottle, and not slick web page programming.